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Breathe to detox

We can live a few days without water and even longer without food, but only a few minutes without air and we are done.

Breath is life! An old yogic scripture tells us that the amount of breaths determine ones life. The more awareness and depth in your breath, the more quality your life gets. During this detox you’ll learn how to expand your breath in order to detoxify and release tension from your body and mind.

There are several benefits of deep and conscious breathing and detoxification of the body is one of them!

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Oxygen helps the absorption of vitamins, nutrients and minerals more efficiently. It also promotes the creation of white blood cells. Every time you inhale your lungs fill with oxygen, which gets transported in your blood to your detoxing organs including: lymphatic system, kidneys, liver, colon, and even the uterus for women.

We take breathing for granted and underestimate the importance of drawing awareness to our breath. When we remain unaware of our breath,  this can result in shallow breathing and low oxygenation, with side effects like fatigue syndrome and decreased tissue function. Additionally the brain can’t function to it’s fullest potential if it is not receiving enough oxygen.

Your breath massages your lymphatic system, which helps the elimination of toxins. If you aren’t breathing deeply or moving your body on a regular basis, your lymphatic fluids become stagnant, thus preventing the elimination of toxins. A poorly functioning lymphatic system can lead to high blood pressure, heart problems, weight gain, fatigue, and inflammation.

It has been scientifically proven that breathing techniques, like breath retention can stimulate and improve the immune system.

Breathe to relax

When you practice deep rhythmic breathing the diaphragm expands and contracts within a larger range. Our diaphragm is connected to the nervous system, for it to relax the body and mind. Think about your reaction when you see something very funny. It causes an arrousel to your nervous system and then you inhale and start laughing. This laughing is a rhythmic movement of the diaphragm which releases tension out of the body. The same happens when we experience something very sad. We start crying and the diaphragm makes a rhythmic movement, which eventually calms us down.

Breathwork plays with this connection and by intentionally directing the breath, we can release tension and stress. Every exhale is literally a way to release old thoughts, feelings and patterns from our whole bodymind system. Deeper breathing fuels our being with new life-force, called Prana in Yoga and Ayurveda. You might know it as Qi or Chi from Chinese medicine.

Breathing with awareness is therefore  a way to cleanse physically, energetically and spiritually!

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Learning to breath deeply is a fairly easy process. Once you get accustomed to deep breathing exercises your regular breathing will become less shallow, resulting in a far more energetic feeling.

Breathing techniques or Pranayama

Yogic Breath

You can start with full breaths towards your belly and chest, called Yogi Breath. Take a comfortable seated position and bring your awareness to your feet and sitting bones. Feel your contact with the Earth and how this grounds your mind into your body.

Then shift your attention to the breath, how it moves into the nose, chest, belly and all the way back. When you have trouble feeling the breath in the belly, put one hand on top to breath against it. Don’t strain or force the breath.

Slowly expand your breath up to a comfortable level, keeping the inhalation as long as the exhalation.

After you’ve practiced this technique for at least 5 minutes, you can continue with the next exercise.

Nadi Shodana

This is the alternate nostril breathing, which balances left and right hemisphere of the brain, resulting in overall stress reduction and improved health. Note: don’t do breath retention when you suffer from heart or lung diseases.

Watch the video to learn the practice. Build up slowly, starting with 1 round: 

Inhale on right side, exhale right side, inhale left side, exhale left side. Repeat 5 times an immediately continue

Inhale left, exhale left – Inhale right, exhale right. Repeat 5 times. Take a big inhale and hold the breath for as long as comfortable. Then release and breath normal.

This is 1 round.

Day 1 :1 round

Day 2: 2 rounds

Day 3: 3 rounds

Day 4: Inhale right, exhale left, inhale left, exhale right -Repeat 10 times. Take a big inhale and hold the breath for as long as comfortable. Then release and breath normal. This is 1 round

Day 5: 2 rounds

Day6: 3 rounds

Day 7 : 3 rounds

After your practice sit quietly in meditation for as long as you can.

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